2 June 2002 | Vol. 2, No. 2



Papers exchanged hands in the garden

at dawn, this much is known. The brotherhood

had gathered in the atrium a few days earlier.

Conversations suggested denial, betrayals

hinted at. By agreement, the Conseil d'Etat

sanctioned minimal restraint, allowed

for the provisional postings abroad.


Let river bridges of the Great Cities

resonate to the prophet's bannered speech.

Let the riggers erect puzzles about the blank-

faced buildings. Let the caterers leap

and hoteliers rejoice in multiple bookings.

Blind-folded is the night while migratory

birds execute their flight-plans at dusk from

mudflats over industrial wetlands.


Broad-winged sea birds under cloud lift

out of sight and recognition as that cloud